Abu Dhabi: England defeated Pakistan by 5 runs to win the T20I series (2-1). Kevin Pietersen once again performed amazingly with the bat and scored 62 runs off 52 balls.
England for the 3rd time won the toss & decided to bat first. It was a slow track & England maintained its performance by scoring 129/6 in 20 overs because of the likings of Pietersen who scored 62, Kieswetter who scored 17 & Patel who scored 16.
Pakistani bowlers bowled good specially Saeed Ajaml who took 4 wickets for 23 runs. Aizaz Cheema took 1 wicket for 25. Umar Gul proved to be expensive as he gave 39 runs off 4 overs.
Pakistan in chase once again lost Mohammad Hafeez in the start. Awais Zia played a steady innings of 23 runs from 28 balls. Asad Shafiq scored 34 off 32 balls but got run-out.
Umar Akmal added 22 off 23. Shahid Afridi’s stay at the crease was short as he got run-out at the score of 3. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as always played a smooth (must say a slow) innings which in the end cost the series to Pakistan. 23 runs were required off 18 balls. But Misbah-ul-Haq completely failed to struck boundaries.
In the last 2 overs, Pakistan lost 3 wickets, 1st of Umar Akmal who tried to hit hard to Broad & skied one. Then Shahid Afridi who got run-out at the batting end in greed of taking 2 runs. And Misbah-ul-Haq at the last ball when 6 runs were required, it was a slow ball from Dernbach, Misbah-ul-Haq tried to smash it out of the park but found his stumps broken.
That was the end of the match, T20I series & the tour of England. Pakistan fell 6-run short of the target as they managed to score 124/6 in 20.0 overs. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 28 off 32 balls & Hammad Azam remained not-out at 2.
It is no doubt a great victory for T20I Champions – England who are eyeing on the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 (which will start in Sri Lanka from September 18, 2012).
It is also good for Pakistan as they’ll take positives from it & will try to overcome the negatives, they’ll have to make some quick decisions about the players who aren’t good enough for T20I cricket like Misbah-ul-Haq who is current captain, Mohamamd Hafeez who got out at duck twice in the series, Shoaib Malik who failed to prove his captain right & Umar Gul who was smashed all around the ground.
The next assignment for Pakistan is Asia Cup which will start from March 11, 2012 & will end on March 22, 2012 in Bangladesh. England will be looking ahead to get ready for the tour of Sri Lanka, their 1st test will start from March 26, 2012 (after the Asia Cup).
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Result: England won by 5 runs.
Man Of The Match: Kevin Pietersen (England).
Winner Of The Series: England by 2-1.
Man Of The Series: Kevin Pietersen (England).